Chicken Tikka Masala | Basics with Babish

  • Published: 28 March 2019
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    One of my favorite curries is the beloved chicken tikka masala. You can make this dish at home by making your own curry powder and tikka masala sauce.

    Shopping List:
    + For the curry powder:
    1 stick cinnamon
    1 whole nutmeg
    2 dried bay leaves
    1 Tbsp whole cloves
    2 Tbsp cumin seeds
    3 Tbsp coriander seeds
    1 Tbsp cardamom
    1 tsp red pepper flakes

    + For the chicken tikka masala marinade:
    1 cup full fat yogurt
    2 inches ginger, grated
    2 garlic cloves, grated
    1 Tbsp of the homemade curry powder (above)
    Kosher salt
    Freshly ground pepper
    Drizzle of olive oil
    3 boneless, skinless, chicken breasts (cut into 1-inch cubes)

    + For the tikka masala sauce
    2 inches ginger, grated
    1/2 small yellow onion, finely minced
    2 cloves garlic, grated
    1 small bird's eye chili, finely minced
    2 Tbsp vegetable oil
    1 Tbsp tomato paste
    1 heaping Tbsp homemade curry powder (above)
    1 28-ounce can of crushed tomatoes
    Pinch of white sugar
    3/4 cup heavy cream

    Optional: serve with long grain basmati rice and cilantro garnish

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    Spice grinder or coffee grinder

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Comments • 3 462

  • Binging with Babish
    Binging with Babish   7 months back

    What’s your least favorite thing about cilantro: its flavor, its known toxicity, or its role in the subprime mortgage crisis?

    • Ankush Chandel
      Ankush Chandel  7 hours back

      I don't know what you're talking about. It's like the best thing for seasoning in my opinion, I hate it if it's not present on top of the rice on my bowl.

    • Mark Liittschwager
      Mark Liittschwager  6 days back

      tastes like soap that has passed through the digestive tract of a seriously ill dog

    • Noah Ark
      Noah Ark  6 days back

      It tastes like soap I don't care what anyone says

    • Joshua Randall
      Joshua Randall  1 weeks back

      That it secretly goes by other names.

    • Joseph Casimiro
      Joseph Casimiro  2 weeks back

      cilantro is good, try eating or cooking with pipitza or papalo, im wondering if youd feel the same over it

  • Muddasir Mohammed
    Muddasir Mohammed  3 hours back

    Blasphemy 🙈🙈

    • Ellie Elephas
      Ellie Elephas  16 hours back

      hhhhhhh, you said korma and now I want nothing else in the WORLD. damn you.

      • Anuj Kishor
        Anuj Kishor  22 hours back

        Where's the ghee?

        • Aryan S
          Aryan S  1 days back

          We would never use vegetable oil

          • Kenshin Himura
            Kenshin Himura  2 days back

            American: That looks good.
            British: National Dish yo.
            Indian: Really?

            • 초콜릿 우유
              초콜릿 우유  2 days back

              We need a collab with Adam Ragusea, that would be so cool.
              Who agrees?

              • Reenaki Savi
                Reenaki Savi  2 days back

                he just made homemade garam masala (garam meaning hot) NICE

                • Batool Zainab Suleman
                  Batool Zainab Suleman  3 days back

                  This is the white version of chicken tikka masala hahaha

                  • Samantha Nesgoda
                    Samantha Nesgoda  4 days back

                    I too share your affliction to the evil cilantro !

                    • Maradonna Gamer
                      Maradonna Gamer  4 days back

                      I tried this chicken tirka masala now I'm at the hospital

                      • George McElhinney
                        George McElhinney  4 days back

                        "national dish of Britain"
                        Can confirm

                        • Veronica Bigham
                          Veronica Bigham  5 days back

                          "if you share my affliction"
                          I feel that on a spiritual level 👁️👁️

                          • Akshay Gowrishankar
                            Akshay Gowrishankar  6 days back

                            A Western take on making an Eastern dish. Btw, at the beginning, a lot of times, you can put oil and a full red chili. I am not making this up :)

                            • Akshay Gowrishankar
                              Akshay Gowrishankar  3 days back

                              @Kim sung Un he is half-right, though. Most original Indian dishes are vegetarian, but some which aren't, most likely to be foreign.

                            • Akshay Gowrishankar
                              Akshay Gowrishankar  3 days back

                              @Sai Kaushal maybe CHICKEN Tikka Masala, but the original concept, THAT was first concocted by Indian chefs.

                            • Kim sung Un
                              Kim sung Un  3 days back

                              @Sai Kaushal yeah and POPE is African , sure

                            • Sai Kaushal
                              Sai Kaushal  3 days back

                              Tikka masala is a British invention.

                          • maria
                            maria  6 days back

                            02:20 whasssuuuuuuuuup

                            • hannah lund
                              hannah lund  6 days back

                              *every time I watch this*
                              "this is tight but shut the FUCK UP"

                              • Madhura Mazumdar
                                Madhura Mazumdar  6 days back

                                UK's national dish???? I mean, technically, we, Indians had to scale down the spiciness because when britishers came over they couldn't handle it, so that's why chicken tikka masala was born, but the original name was something else, I don't remember that

                                • Shubhi Saxena
                                  Shubhi Saxena  3 days back

                                  Shahi Chicken masala. Believe me Main bhi bohot annoyed hui thi jab yeh log national dish bol bolkar haq jatate hain. (in case anyone gets offended meine hindi mein likha 😅😅)

                              • Noah Ark
                                Noah Ark  6 days back

                                Cilantro babies made my day

                                • usynn stradler
                                  usynn stradler  7 days back

                                  this is legit, best recipe to chicken tikka masala honestly

                                  • AlphaLeader
                                    AlphaLeader  1 weeks back

                                    butter chicken?

                                    • subham roy
                                      subham roy  1 weeks back

                                      Really? UK? I take offense to that

                                      • Parallel Bourne
                                        Parallel Bourne  1 weeks back

                                        You should make the curry of life from naruto

                                        • Withered Lily
                                          Withered Lily  1 weeks back

                                          I love Tikka Masala so much I’m so glad that I actually know how to make it now...

                                          • Daniel McKeown
                                            Daniel McKeown  1 weeks back

                                            Sooooo....naan bread? 😀

                                            • Erethess
                                              Erethess  2 weeks back

                                              I like how he says "soft-Tened" but then turns around and says "tuh-may-duhs" a second later.

                                              • GOUTHAM NATARAJAN
                                                GOUTHAM NATARAJAN  2 weeks back


                                                • ismail abdelazim
                                                  ismail abdelazim  2 weeks back

                                                  Only Babish can call this dish "basic"

                                                  • SkaiKu
                                                    SkaiKu  2 weeks back

                                                    " Thats how you get DEAD " - BWB 2K19 -

                                                    • Jesse Asher
                                                      Jesse Asher  2 weeks back

                                                      i can recommended thigh meat for tikka masala. I really enjoy making mine with it. gives a denser, bolder flavour to the meat which can accompany a strong fragrant sauce and marinate such as this!

                                                      • Nathaniel Larsen
                                                        Nathaniel Larsen  2 weeks back

                                                        Tried this recipe, i find this does not hold up to the not fresh, not healthy, msg filled take out version, junk good has been too refined over the years

                                                        • Lander Bennewith
                                                          Lander Bennewith  2 weeks back

                                                          a tip with adding curry powder, if you mix it with a little bit of water to make a paste you will avoid it burning.

                                                          • Neville Galletly
                                                            Neville Galletly  3 weeks back

                                                            did you pronounce the T is soften on purpose?

                                                            • matts guide to nothing
                                                              matts guide to nothing  3 weeks back

                                                              yo do the curry from naruto that rock lee is obsessed with

                                                              • Ser Aeggo Butterworth
                                                                Ser Aeggo Butterworth  3 weeks back

                                                                Any reason not to mostly prepare the sauce a day ahead, at the same time as I put the chicken in the marinade?

                                                                I was thinking of doing everything up to just before adding the heavy cream. The following day I’d bring the sauce back up to temperature and add the cream while the chicken broils, then finish as normal.

                                                                • B Nagy
                                                                  B Nagy  3 weeks back

                                                                  Noooo we need some good beef in it

                                                                  • B Nagy
                                                                    B Nagy  3 weeks back

                                                                    Send tika masala and bobz bitc

                                                                    • mythirdchannel
                                                                      mythirdchannel  3 weeks back

                                                                      this looks AMAZING <3 wow I really want to try it, the curry mix looks awesome, and I actually have most of the ingredients on hand, I'm missing the cardamom, which I already have ground ... but I should get me some pods really, I like cardamom.

                                                                      • James Chatepa
                                                                        James Chatepa  3 weeks back

                                                                        0:46 "Coriander seeds or, as I call them, Cilantro Babies" 😂🤣

                                                                        • Steve Perkins
                                                                          Steve Perkins  3 weeks back

                                                                          India Squisita is gonna get you for this.

                                                                          • theRealCrazyOne
                                                                            theRealCrazyOne  3 weeks back

                                                                            "The last thing you want to do is pull rock-hard cloves from between your teeth" ...Desi moms never got this memo :(.

                                                                            • Shreya Girish
                                                                              Shreya Girish  3 weeks back

                                                                              more spice babish. no such thing as less spicy. only the strong can eat this.

                                                                              • jmc
                                                                                jmc  3 weeks back

                                                                                Ghee is the flavour of India

                                                                                • ShiivaWilding
                                                                                  ShiivaWilding  4 weeks back

                                                                                  God bless the Scottish for this incredible invention!

                                                                                  • Girlfriend
                                                                                    Girlfriend  4 weeks back

                                                                                    Cilantro babies!

                                                                                    • Boo Bax
                                                                                      Boo Bax  4 weeks back

                                                                                      Wondered why I can't pallet curry.. it's the nutmeg and cloves. 2 of the worst flavors ever imo

                                                                                      • Boo Bax
                                                                                        Boo Bax  4 weeks back

                                                                                        Thanks for the hard work Babby

                                                                                        • CStarFlare
                                                                                          CStarFlare  4 weeks back

                                                                                          use your strength


                                                                                          • Elliott Schelske
                                                                                            Elliott Schelske  4 weeks back

                                                                                            omg finally someone who grinds their own curry powder